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Five Hilton Worldwide Hotels In Latin America Receive World Travel Awards Recognition »

August 21, 2014 at 3:58AM PDT | Source: Hilton Worldwide

Five Hilton hotels were recognized during the 21st Annual World Travel Award Ceremony in Quito, Ecuador
August 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // MCLEAN, Va. – With five 2014 World Travel Awards in Latin America alone, Hilton Worldwide's brands continue to lead the market providing outstanding service and unparalleled experiences to both business and leisure guests.
The following Hilton Worldwide hotels in Latin America were honored with one of travel's most prestigious recognitions:

Central America's Leading New Hotel, Waldorf Astoria Panama
Argentina's Leading Business Hotel, Hilton Buenos Aires
Brazil's Leading Business Hotel, Hilton Sa?o Paulo Morumbi
Peru's Leading Hotel, Hilton Lima Miraflores
Ecuador's Leading Hotel Suite, Presidential Suite at Hilton Colon Guayaquil

The World Travel Awards is said to be the most comprehensive and sought after awards for the global travel and tourism industry...

Wyndham Hotel Group Launches New On-Line Learning Management System »

August 20, 2014 at 10:07AM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

August 20, 2014 // Franchising.com // PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Wyndham Hotel Group, the world's largest hotel company with approximately 7,540 hotels and part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), today announced the launch of a new on-line learning management system aimed at enhancing and expanding training opportunities for thousands of franchisees.
Available at no additional cost to hotel owners in the U.S. and Canada - with plans to expand internationally later this month - the system, known as the SoHO Learning Zone or SLZ, provides hotel general managers with easy access to a wide variety of self-paced training courses as well as live and pre-recorded webinars covering nearly all aspects of the hospitality business. The system also provides managers with the ability to enroll new team members, create customized learning paths and monitor team progress, all through one central portal...

Revamped Hyatt Mobile App Now Includes Integration With Uber »

August 20, 2014 at 7:40AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Guest Feedback Drove New App and Mobile Site with Simplified Booking and more Visual Design
CHICAGO - August 20, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced a new feature on Hyatt's revamped iOS and Android app that makes it easier for guests to get from their current location to their Hyatt hotel. Hyatt is the first hotel brand to integrate its mobile app with Uber, a technology platform that connects riders with transportation on-demand.
"We are constantly evolving our online and offline experiences by listening to guests and understanding their needs. Our guests seek seamlessness on the go, and their feedback drove our approach to Hyatt's new mobile offerings"
In the more than 100 cities around the world in which Uber operates and Hyatt hotels are located, an Uber button will now appear under the My Reservations section of the Hyatt app from the day of check-in to the end of the stay...

Wyndham Worldwide Earns Best Of The Best Award By U.S. Veterans Magazine For Supplier Diversity »

August 20, 2014 at 7:32AM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

Designation Affirms Global Hospitality Company's Commitment to Supporting Veterans
August 20, 2014 // Franchising.com // PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN), one of the world's largest hospitality companies, received U.S. Veterans Magazine's 2014 Best of the Best Award for its supplier diversity program and commitment to supporting veteran-owned businesses. This is the first time the Company received the award.
"Supporting veterans is an integral part of the culture and an aspect of what has made Wyndham Worldwide a successful company. We appreciate the tremendous value veteran-owned businesses, as well as veterans, bring to our team," said Jose Nido, vice president of Global Supplier Diversity, Wyndham Worldwide...

Wyndham Hotel Group Connects Travelers With Top Tours And Activities »

August 20, 2014 at 6:59AM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

Partners with GetYourGuide to Showcase over 25,000 Global Offerings
PARSIPPANY, N.J. (August 19, 2014) – Travelers looking to add top-rated tours and activities to their upcoming travel itineraries can now easily do just that thanks to a new partnership between Wyndham Hotel Group - the world's largest hotel company with approximately 7,540 hotels - and travel tour booking company GetYourGuide.
Upon completing a reservation on any of Wyndham Hotel Group's branded websites, travelers can now connect directly via link to GetYourGuide's catalog of more than 25,000 activities around the globe, which includes everything from sightseeing bus rides and cooking demonstrations to guided walking tours, helicopter rides and more. While searching, members have the ability to sort activities and tours by country and city as well as by tour type and price...

Park Hyatt New York Debuts Highly Anticipated Opening Sets New Standard Of Luxury In Manhattan »

August 19, 2014 at 10:46AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

NEW YORK - August 19, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) announced today the opening of Park Hyatt New York, the flagship hotel of the globally recognized Park Hyatt brand that will offer unprecedented luxury in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. Guests of Park Hyatt New York will enjoy its prime location at 153 West 57th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, which is within walking distance to Central Park and across the street from historic Carnegie Hall.
Park Hyatt New York features 210 luxurious guestrooms, including 92 premier suites, all with floor-to-ceiling windows. The hotel is nestled within the first 25 floors of the iconic, 90-story One57 skyscraper, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Christian de Portzamparc...

Sheraton Centre Toronto Announces $90 Million Renovation »

August 19, 2014 at 5:18AM PDT | Source: Sheraton Hotels

Iconic Toronto Hotel to Begin Renovation of 1,371 Guest Rooms and Suites to Debut in 2015
TORONTO - August 19, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - From IncentiveWorks in Toronto, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc., (NYSE:HOT) today announced that it will embark on a $90 million renovation of the Sheraton Centre Toronto, resulting in a floor-to-ceiling transformation of the hotel's 1,371 guest rooms and suites. The revival of the Canadian flagship Sheraton property will begin in early November bringing a fresh look to guest rooms with rich colors, graphic patterns and clean lines inspired by Sheraton's brand design, and a new energy efficient HVAC system. This comprehensive refurbishment is slated for completion in 2015.
"As one of Toronto's most prominent landmark hotels it is essential for us to provide the best accommodations and experience possible for visitors to the city," said David Connor, Area Managing Director, Eastern Canada, Starwood Hotels & Resorts...

Hyatt Place Celebrates 200 Locations And Momentum Continues With Development Worldwide »

August 18, 2014 at 11:35AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Place

More than 100 executed contracts for Hyatt Place hotels around the world across 21 countries, 15 of which are new markets for the brand.
CHICAGO - August 18, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today celebrates more than 200 open Hyatt Place locations across nine countries by kicking off digital promotions that invite guests to share their Hyatt Place experiences over a period of 200 hours. The celebration comes at a time of strong momentum for the brand, with more than 100 executed contracts for Hyatt Place hotels around the world across 21 countries, 15 of which are in new markets for the brand.
Hyatt Place See It Share It: 200 Giveaways in 200 Hours
For 200 hours from August 18 through August 26, 2014, travelers will be encouraged to share photos that capture their Hyatt Place experiences via Instagram, Twitter and Foursquare/Swarm using #HyattPlace and #HPEntry...

IHG Announces A Second Holiday Inn Express® Hotel For Honduras »

August 15, 2014 at 12:35PM PDT | Source: Holiday Inn Express

Hotel Located in Heart of the Financial District
August 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // MIAMI – InterContinental Hotels Group ( IHG) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)], announces the opening of the new-build, 108-room Holiday Inn Express® hotel in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The hotel is located in the heart of the Tegucigalpa's new financial and commercial district of Plaza San Rafael, and near the country's major financial institutions, including BAC Honduras, Banco Davivienda and BCIE (Central American Bank for Economic Integration). The Holiday Inn Express Tegucigalpa hotel is also connected to some of the main city thoroughfares such as Boulevard Morazan and is conveniently accessible to a variety of restaurants.
Owned and managed by Latin American Hospitality Management S...

IHG Announces The First Holiday Inn Express® Hotel For Culiacan »

August 15, 2014 at 9:10AM PDT | Source: Holiday Inn Express

Opening Reaffirms IHG's Growth in Northern Mexico
August 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // CULIACAN, Sin. – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) recently announced the opening of the Holiday Inn Express® Culiacan hotel in the northern state of Sinaloa, Mexico. The seven-story hotel features 174 spacious guestrooms including two beautiful suites and is the first Holiday Inn Express® hotel for the city.
"The Holiday Inn Express Culiacan hotel is perfect for both business and leisure travelers seeking contemporary accommodations in the Tres Rios Culiacan area" said Gerardo Murray, regional vice president, Distribution and Commercial Marketing, Mexico, Latin America & Caribbean, IHG. "We are really excited to welcome this new property as it continues to demonstrate IHG's strong growth in Mexico...

Hotel MdR Unveils $7.5 Million Transformation »

August 14, 2014 at 5:13AM PDT | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

Renovation and New Restaurant Mark Final Stage in Hotel’s DoubleTree by Hilton Repositioning
August 14, 2014 // Franchising.com // Marina del Rey, CA - Hotel MdR - a DoubleTree by Hilton announced today the unveiling of its $7.5 million property-wide renovation, which includes the opening of Barbianca Local Kitchen, the hotel’s stylish new restaurant and bar, and updates throughout the hotel’s guest rooms and public spaces. The transformation is the final phase in the hotel’s repositioning, which began last March when the hotel joined the DoubleTree by Hilton portfolio. The hotel’s new look and offerings fuse the casual sophistication of the hip Marina del Rey community with a distinctly modern experience and adds a bright new spot for dining and drinks in this beachside community known for its eclectic mix of restaurant options...

DoubleTree By Hilton Opens Near University Of Central Florida »

August 13, 2014 at 11:27AM PDT | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

Contemporary DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando East – UCF Reopens Following Extensive; Eight-Month, Multi-Million Dollar Transformation and New Restaurant Addition
August 13, 2014 // Franchising.com // ORLANDO, Fla. and MCLEAN, Va. – DoubleTree by Hilton today announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando East – UCF Area, the closest full-service hotel to the University of Central Florida, the nation's second largest university by enrollment. Formerly a Holiday Inn, the hotel closed its doors in December 2013 to commence a multi-million dollar renovation that includes modern updates to the hotel's exterior, lobby and guest rooms, and the addition of the upscale Mingos Restaurant and Lounge, a popular local restaurant brand...

Hotel Indigo® To Bring Boutique Style To Gainesville, Florida's New Celebration Pointe Neighborhood »

August 13, 2014 at 11:00AM PDT | Source: Hotel Indigo

Boutique Hotel to Join Six Other Hotel Indigo Locations in Florida
August 13, 2014 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – InterContinental Hotels Group's (IHG) Hotel Indigo® brand has signed a deal for a 120-room new build property in Gainesville, Fla., bringing guests together with the city's new Celebration Pointe neighborhood. Celebration Pointe is a unique mixed-use project with a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere, inspired architectural features and abundant green space, providing an energizing and engaging urban environment.
"Our guests want to experience something unique and different when they travel, so we like that Celebration Pointe won't be the typical commercial development," said Mary Winslow, director, Americas Brand Management, Hotel Indigo...

IHG® Dining Rewards Launches In Australasia »

August 13, 2014 at 9:53AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

August 13, 2014 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world's leading hotel companies, today announces the launch of IHG® Dining Rewards, awarding members with generous dining and accommodation benefits and an instant status upgrade in the group's loyalty programme, IHG® Rewards Club. The Australasia launch is the second phase in the rollout of the new programme, following its launch in Greater China in May.
For an annual fee of AU$319 (Australia) or AU$295 (New Zealand), joining members will receive a dual membership card for both their IHG® Rewards Club and IHG® Dining Rewards programme memberships. IHG® Dining Rewards sets itself apart from the competition by offering a one-tier membership status upgrade in IHG® Rewards Club, the world's first and largest hotel loyalty programme...

IHG Expands The Holiday Inn Express® Brand In Metro Atlanta »

August 13, 2014 at 9:00AM PDT | Source: Holiday Inn Express

New Hotels Located in the City's Vibrant Buckhead & Smyrna Neighborhoods, A Short Distance from Downtown Atlanta
August 13, 2014 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) today announced a new 123-room Holiday Inn Express® Hotel & Suites in Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood and a 139-room Holiday Inn Express® Atlanta NW – Galleria Area hotel. The newest additions to IHG's hometown portfolio brings IHG's hotels in the metro Atlanta area to over 40, with more than 20 additional hotels in the pipeline for the state of Georgia.
"Holiday Inn Express hotels are designed to be the smart choice for value-conscious business and leisure travelers," said Heather Balsley, senior vice president, Americas Holiday Inn® Brand Family, IHG...

CruiseOne® Named Among Top Private Companies In Florida »

August 13, 2014 at 8:23AM PDT | Source: CruiseOne

Home-based Travel Franchise Recognized by Florida Trend and South Florida Business Journal
August 13, 2014 // Franchising.com // Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - Leading home-based travel franchise CruiseOne®, which is part of World Travel Holdings, has been recognized by Florida Trend and South Florida Business Journal on their annual lists of Top Private Companies based on revenue.
"We are honored to be included on these prestigious lists alongside some of the biggest private companies in the country, although it wouldn’t be possible without the dedication and hard work of our franchisees and employees who support them," said Debbie Fiorino, senior vice president of CruiseOne. "Our inclusion on these lists is indicative that the travel industry is booming and that Americans continue to see the value in using a travel agent...

Value Place Breaks Ground On New Hotel In Davie, Florida »

August 13, 2014 at 6:34AM PDT | Source: Value Place

August 13, 2014 // Franchising.com // FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - Value Place, the largest economy, extended-stay hotel brand in the U.S., has broken ground to develop a hotel at 5700 Reese Road in Davie, Florida. This will be the first Value Place hotel in the greater Fort Lauderdale region and the 21st hotel in Florida.
"The south Florida metro area is growing, as evidenced by income and job growth in key employment areas critical to Value Place, such as construction," said Kyle Rogg, COO of Value Place. "The economy extended-stay hotel space is strong, with both attractive rate and occupancy levels. We believe our unique balance of affordable price and high quality will appeal to workforce travelers as well as other price-conscious visitors to the area...

La Quinta Holdings Reports Strong Second Quarter 2014 Results »

August 13, 2014 at 5:59AM PDT | Source: La Quinta Inn

- Generated RevPAR Growth of 7.7%
- Achieved Pro forma Adjusted EBITDA Growth of 13.1%
- Increases Full Year 2014 Guidance
IRVING, Texas, Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- La Quinta Holdings Inc. (NYSE: LQ) today reported its second quarter 2014 results on a pro forma basis, giving effect to La Quinta's initial public offering (IPO) and the related transactions as described below, as well as the results of operations for the second quarter 2014 on a historical basis.
Second Quarter 2014 Highlights:

Pro forma total Adjusted EBITDA increased 13.1 percent to $106.0 million, and Pro forma Adjusted EBITDA margin increased 170 basis points
Pro forma net income increased 12.6 percent to $17.5 million
Pro forma earnings per share increased 7...

La Quinta Holdings Continues International Expansion »

August 13, 2014 at 5:14AM PDT | Source: La Quinta Inn

Enters Two New Markets in Central America with Franchise Agreements in Nicaragua and Guatemala
IRVING, Texas - Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - La Quinta Holdings Inc. (NYSE: LQ) ("La Quinta" or the "Company"), owner, operator and franchisor of La Quinta Inns & Suites hotels, announced it has signed franchise agreements for new hotels in Nicaragua and Guatemala, marking the Company's entry into those countries.
"Our entry into these two new Central American markets reflects the strength of La Quinta in Latin America and our ability to deliver on this growth objective," remarked Wayne Goldberg, President and CEO of La Quinta. "We see tremendous opportunities for ongoing franchise growth internationally given our existing infrastructure and established brand history...

IHG® Announces A New Holiday Inn Express® Hotel & Suites For Houston »

August 12, 2014 at 11:46AM PDT | Source: Holiday Inn Express

Minutes From Downtown Houston, The Galleria and The Energy Corridor
August 12, 2014 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)] announces the opening of a new 79-room Holiday Inn Express® Hotel & Suites Northwest Houston Brookhollow near Houston’s famed Energy Corridor – home to some of the world’s foremost oil and gas corporations - and just a few miles from the Galleria Mall. Located on Federal Plaza Drive and conveniently accessible to Interstate 45 as well as US Highways 290 and 249, the newest addition to IHG’s Houston hotels is also a short drive from downtown Houston and key businesses such as Baker Hughes®, BP® and Caterpillar Inc®...



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